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Helen Marguerite Conrad Corriher, 94, passed away unexpectedly April 26 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, TN. She was preceded in death by parents, Ora Lohr Conrad and Grover Cleveland Conrad; brother and sister-in-law, George and Mildred Conrad; and nieces Patty Conrad and Louise Conrad Woodard.
Helen is survived by daughter, Linda (Phillip) Raines; son, Thomas (Tom) (Diane) Corriher; granddaughter, Katie Corriher; and nieces, Sandy, Lisa and Marilyn.
Helen was born and raised in the Welcome community in Davidson County. She graduated from Welcome High School and took a Bookkeeping course at Lenoir Rhyne College. She worked as a bookkeeper in Lexington until she married Dood (Bennett) in 1950 and moved to the farm in Mt Ulla. She resided there the rest of her life except for brief stays at her daughter’s house in Tennessee.
Helen was very busy as a mother, as Dood’s right hand man in the cotton gin and all the agri-businesses they undertook and as an active member and volunteer in Centenary United Methodist Church. She was the lifelong bookkeeper for the agri-businesses and often worked into late night/early morning while the rest of the family slept. During extremely busy times when no one else was available, she was known to drive anything from tractors to big trucks to get done what was necessary.
Helen also worked as office manager for a business in Salisbury and later as Secretary for the church. She served in several capacities as a pole worker for the Rowan County Board of Elections. Her volunteer service at the church included teaching Sunday School and Bible School, serving on various committees, long time member of the UMW and substitute Organist for many years.
The career she enjoyed the most (besides motherhood) was being an Avon Lady which she did for 30+ years. To her disappointment, she had to give up that job when she was 89 due to health concerns. .
Helen was a lovely lady and the most wonderful mother in the world. She loved being around people and was a popular figure in the Mt Ulla community as well as in Tennessee where her daughter lives. We miss our loving, beautiful mother but we know she is at peace and happy now that she is reunited with our dad who passed away November 28, 2020.
A memorial service for both Helen and Dood is planned for Sunday, May 23, 3pm at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mt Ulla. Visitation will be 2pm to 3pm before the service. Weather permitting, the service will be outside. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to their church, Centenary United Methodist in Mt Ulla, or to your favorite charity.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is assisting the Corriher family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.